It looks like the Newcastle club will make an appeal to supporters to stick behind the team, as they fight towards safety from relegation in these last 7 weeks of the season, but it looks like it could be touch and go.
Mark Viduka – will Newcastle miss this player next season?
As we reported yesterday Mike Ashley is expected to break his silence as early as next week with a television interview on Sky Sports, and is expected to admit mistakes he has made this season, but will appeal to the fans for a (Newcastle) united front over the last two months of the season.
Managing Director Derek Llambias said yesterday:
“We are already in a situation where we’re fighting relegation and we need to get everyone behind us – and people are having a go at us again.”
“We would have to restructure our business plan like anyone else who gets relegated.”
“Our finances are fairly strong, but we would have to restructure our business plan. There would be no chance of administration.”
“It’s ridiculous, it’s unfounded and it’s upsetting to suggest the club would be put into administration. There’s no truth in it whatsoever.”
“(Ashley) has been affected by the credit crunch. Why should he be any different to the likes of Abramovic.” “But the club isn’t for sale. That isn’t where we want to go. We’re back on track.”
“We have to make sure we get our team and our supporters behind us and off we go.”
If Newcastle do go down, we can expect lots of players to leave the club, but that doesn’t necessarily say the team will be much weaker.
Quite a few of the players on high wages who will leave in the summer like Viduka, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and Duff, have hardly had great seasons on Tyneside, and in all likelihood would not be missed too much at all.
However, Owen, Martins, Coloccini, Barton and Gutierrez would be missed.
We hope it doesn’t come down to that in the summer, and that the club can keep the players they want to keep, but strenghten the team big time over the upcoming transfer window, so this same thing never happens again.
That would be really good.